Last year my sermon series for the summer months was called “You Asked For It.” My intent was to preach sermons on subjects on your mind, so I asked you to tell me what you had always wanted to hear from the pulpit but were afraid to ask.
on this topic that is so basic to Christian faith and yet so incredibly difficult to practice.
Lois and I have collaborated to create a study we are calling Forgiveness: The Fault Line of Grace. Why “fault line?” Because, just like the shifting of earth’s geological plates, the shifts in our relationships determine whether our lives together will result in minor tremors or major earthquakes.
During the weeks of March 14, 21, 28, & April 4 small groups will be meeting at various times. (Check out the days and times as listed on page 1 of the March Church Life.) You can pick the time that best fits your schedule. Each week will focus on a couple of biblical passages dealing with forgiveness, and I will be preaching a sermon based on those passages at the end of each week. All you need to do is commit only one hour a week for only four weeks.
Over the years I have read lots of thoughtful theological books, heard erudite lectures on fascinating topics, and listened to powerful sermons. However, perhaps the most profound theological statement I have ever come across was scrawled with a felt tip marker on a men’s room wall in San Francisco. It read, “Judas, come home. All is forgiven.”
Come join me on this year’s Lenten journey to discover the joy and the mystery of those words.